MLK Day Resources

Resources for Relating MLK and his Legacy to Interim Class Content

For courses that include work by James Baldwin, here are a few resources linking Baldwin and King: 

Brief clip of a Baldwin interview where he’s asked whether he shares King’s dream, and if so, what it will take to get there:

2018 article about Baldwin’s experience of attending King’s funeral that relates closely to his sentiments in “I am Not Your Negro”:

On King and use of media:

2018 Atlantic article, “When the Revolution was Televised,” on MLK’s masterful use of media to expose injustice:

MLK’s relevance to contemporary Environmental justice movement: article from 1/19, “What the Environmental Justice Movement Owes to MLK, Jr.”:

Article from 4/18 linking MLK, race, and environmental justice from, “How MLK’s Death Birthed Environmental Justice”:

Reading/Listening to MLK, in his own words (students are typically most familiar with the “I Have a Dream” speech of his “Letter from the Birmingham Jail” but are less familiar with the later King, who tends to be more economic and intersectional in his analyses). See particularly:

“Where Do We Go From Here?” King’s most radical address in 1967 to the Southern Christian Leadership Conference:

“A Time to Break the Silence,” King’s speech against the war in Vietnam, that fractured his relationship with President Johnson and caused a significant rift in the civil rights movement. In the speech King connects the plight of African Americans to suffering all around the globe:

Observance of the Martin Luther King Holiday by The King Center

The King Center Teach-In Materials